Circadian Rhythm and Snooze – Drivers Fatigue Dangers.

Circadian rhythms. All of us are programmed by what is referred to as our individual body’s circadian rhythms – an internal clock helping us to remain awake during the daytime and sleep during the night. This clock is hardwired in living things – plants, animals and fungi. Originating from the Latin words circa – meaning around or approximately and dies referring to day. Knowing more about this pre-programmed biological timepiece can aid in avoiding the deadly risks associated with drivers fatigue. Circadian rhythm is a system that keeps each of us in sync with the 24 hour day. It is an…

Tech Glasses Help Combat Drivers Fatigue.

“Grandma wears her special glasses!” Adam, the seven year old grandson of Loretta Fernie exclaims pointing to the eyewear she proudly displays. “Oh I’m so high tech!” She beams. The glasses are pretty impressive, from a newly developed class of accessories designed to help assess and alert the wearer of drivers fatigue – a common ailment plaguing drivers of all ages and endangering everyone on the road. About 60% of all drivers admit to driving while feeling drowsy according to a poll conducted by the National Sleep Foundation, and of those more than 37% have actually fallen asleep behind the wheel….

Sleep Apnea – Silent Killer Behind Drivers Fatigue.

“I never knew it.” Gina Hinkle says over her kitchen table. She is bewildered by the shocking turn of events that almost cost her life, or worse still – almost caused her to take the life of another. The underlying cause behind her unexpected car accident was determined as drivers fatigue, though as someone who regularly slept the recommended 8 hours a night this didn’t add up for her. Upon driving one uneventful afternoon a few weeks prior, her heavy lids dropped and her head jerked forward in a what is known as a micro-sleep, Gina veered across a median…

A Debt Costlier than Credit – Drivers Fatigue related Sleep Debt.

Sleep Debt – What is it? And how does it play a lethal role in terms of Drivers Fatigue? Sleep Debt is defined as the hours of sleep a person requires versus the hours of sleep they actually achieve. In order for any person to function effectively – about eight hours of sleep per night is necessary. When this sleep time is compromised, a sleep debt begins to accumulate, resulting in greater tendencies to fall asleep the next day often while doing important tasks such as operating a motor vehicle and risking instances of drivers fatigue. Learn the signs of Sleep…